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Old July 7th 04, 05:08 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
in2minds
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Default testing the brakes

how do I do it ?
handbrake is simple enough but how do I test the braking whilst on the
move ?

thanks
Les


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Old July 7th 04, 06:15 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
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"in2minds" wrote in message
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how do I do it ?
handbrake is simple enough but how do I test the braking whilst on the
move ?

thanks
Les

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Is this a wind-up job?
I think the only sensible answer is,

"In the usual way".

Maybe I need to add "as you would when unexpectedly encountering, at
60+mph, an object in your path".

But remember . . spare underpants needed.

Brake testing is safest left to experts.

Malcolm


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Old July 7th 04, 06:20 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
riccip
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Default testing the brakes

"in2minds" wrote:

how do I do it ?
handbrake is simple enough but how do I test the braking whilst on the
move ?


Just hit the brake pedal and see if it stops. Assuming you mean
braking efficiency unless there's something obvious wrong, like a
strong pull to one side, then you'll have to get them tested at
your local MOT garage where they have the right tackle. It won't
cost much. Some motorist shops have a device which basically
measures the g-force under hard braking but they're a waste of
money.

riccip
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Old July 7th 04, 06:45 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
in2minds
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Default testing the brakes

DUH !

wrong group (c;

meant to post to caravanning not motorcaravans....

Les


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Old July 7th 04, 07:13 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
RADIOTWO
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Default testing the brakes

Hi Les,

Just put your foot on the middle pedal and if the car stops they are ok, if
it carries on, then you have a problem.

The trick is to do the tests on a very quite road, so you dont hit anything
!

Steve
"in2minds" wrote in message
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how do I do it ?
handbrake is simple enough but how do I test the braking whilst on the
move ?

thanks
Les




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Old July 7th 04, 10:19 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
riccip
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Default testing the brakes

"in2minds" wrote:

wrong group (c;

meant to post to caravanning not motorcaravans....


In that case hitch up your caravan and stop halfway down a steep
hill. The caravan's weight will begin to apply it's own brakes
but it should still be possible to reverse. You may have to move
forward slightly before reversing to disengage the brakes. As you
reverse the increase in resistance should be noticeable but not
enough to stop you completely.

If they lock up to the point where you can't reverse they are
over-adjusted. If you feel barely any resistance as you back up
then they are under-adjusted. Any adjustment should start at the
drums, then cables, then rods in that order.

riccip
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Old July 29th 04, 07:44 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
Mike Williams[_2_]
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Default testing the brakes

"RADIOTWO" wrote in message
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Just put your foot on the middle pedal and if the car stops
they are ok, if it carries on, then you have a problem.
The trick is to do the tests on a very quite road, so you
dont hit anything !


Brake testing is best left to the experts, using a static rig. If you
*really* want to see how fast you can stop while on the road though, then
get onto a very quiet road and while travelling at 30 or 40 mph (making sure
there is nothing behind you) hit the brake pedal as hard as you can with
your *LEFT* foot! It's got to be your *LEFT* foot. Make sure you've got your
seat belt on!

Mike



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Old July 30th 04, 06:38 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
RADIOTWO
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Default testing the brakes

Come on Mike Keep up !!

This one was sorted at least a month ago !!


"Mike Williams" wrote in message
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"RADIOTWO" wrote in message
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Just put your foot on the middle pedal and if the car stops
they are ok, if it carries on, then you have a problem.
The trick is to do the tests on a very quite road, so you
dont hit anything !


Brake testing is best left to the experts, using a static rig. If you
*really* want to see how fast you can stop while on the road though, then
get onto a very quiet road and while travelling at 30 or 40 mph (making

sure
there is nothing behind you) hit the brake pedal as hard as you can with
your *LEFT* foot! It's got to be your *LEFT* foot. Make sure you've got

your
seat belt on!

Mike





 



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